Back to Blogging

I clearly took some time off from this for the Holidays, so much so as I had to look to at my last post to see where I had left off. December 12 seems so long ago, when it’s only been 16 days. I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas, is still enjoying Hanukkah, and any other joyous activity this season brings.

As promised in my last post, I had a few pictures from my inner child day that were still on my phone. The Charles M Schulz museum was closed the day we were there, but I was able to get a few photos that I love.
Thanks to Kevin McCool. Gave us a tour of Snoopy’s home ice. Gave me a ride on the Zamboni, allowed me upstairs to see their Hall of Fame. Those who have had the opportunity skate with Snoopy line the walls of the hallway where rink offices are, I found too many of my favorites there to post.
Some of the stained glass inside the snack bar area.

We left Santa Rosa/Petaluma and headed down to Gilroy, CA The Garlic capital of the US. We spent a few days there, headed over to the coast to see Carmel by the Sea and drove down the coast as far as Big Sur.

There was a little scenic road through Carmel by the Sea that gave these great views of houses right over the edge it seemed. When you looked back at the land side of the road there were houses all nestled in with one another with gorgeous and huge windows for looking out to the water.
If this isn’t a scene out of a Disney evil Queen movie, I don’t know what is.
The waves kept rolling in and the water was such a mixture of colors.
We stopped here for lunch that day. The next few photos are from the restaurant. Well worth the stop.
The weather had just cleared, they were fogged in about a half hour prior and as we drove back up to our RV park the fog had rolled back in, We were lucky.
A place outside to sit and enjoy the views
This bridge is on the cover of our Rand McNally Road Atlas and Jeff was determined to go over it and get a photo of it. It is the Bixby Canyon Bridge, construction finished in 1932.
clouds rolling in

When we were north of San Francisco, everyone kept telling us how expensive Napa and Sonoma were and we had just visited a half dozen little wineries in a few days, so we continued from Gilroy to Paso Robles. More wine country, different, but lots of little places to enjoy. We were most impressed by the difference of scenery to the coast than we had experienced before.

I forgot to tell you we were headed to the San Simeon Coast, the home of Hearst Castle and a bunch of fun elephant seals. I had a blast watching them, hopefully you will enjoy them too.

At first you think they are all asleep, until a few of them move and bark and fight.
Scratching an itch. I didn’t realize they had similar dexterity and it almost looks like our digits at the end of their flipper/fin, what ever it is actually called.
The one on the right starts a fight.
Swing and a miss, but next time…
He connects.
Look Ma no cavities.
Pick Me, Pick Me
Hearst Castle up on the hill. $35 a piece for one of 3 tour options. We decided on a nice lunch by the water instead.
We were able to catch some kite surfers.
Another angle of the Castle, and there are zebra on the grounds. I thought my husband was teasing me until he handed me the binoculars.

I haven’t taken many photos since this time. From Paso Robles, we headed east and south and moved everyday, until Christmas. We moved through Bakersfield, which was touted as a relatively unpleasant place to live, spent the night in Mojave, CA, then Needles, on to Buckeye, AZ, over to Lordburg, NM, and into Texas.

First, VanHorn, Ozona, Fredricksburg, Austin and currently San Antonio. We will be heading to Corpus Christi on Monday. I have a few photos from Austin and San Antonio. I will update the blog with those next time. All I will tell you, if you have a chance to go to a conference or a long weekend in San Antonio. Do it, the river walk area is beautiful, food is fun between bbq and tex/mex, I would highly suggest to miss it in the summer.

One Reply to “Back to Blogging”

  1. Glad to see you back. It’s like doing homework. Miss a couple of days and it really seems like a chore to catch up. It is a big wonderful country with a gasp around every corner.

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